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Old 04-26-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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Question about nuts

Nuts are the only low carb food that is dangerous for me. Since going LC the only food that has triggered bingeing has been nuts. I can't seem to stop at just a small handful and I find myself eating to the point where I am stuffed. Does anyone have an idea why they might be so dangerous, do they contain Fructose or something like that?
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:16 PM   #2
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I think a lot of us are like that with nuts, even those of us who somehow avoid the bingeing and stop when we should be done. I always assumed it was because they tasted so good though, and it was a food I enjoy eating... not necessarily because there was anything in them. I'm the same way with cheese sometimes. Hard to eat just one portion of it!

Although I guess there might be something in there that does it? Someone might know better than me!
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They contain deliciousness. That's why it's hard to stop eating them.

I just try not to buy them.
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They contain deliciousness. That's why it's hard to stop eating them.
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They contain deliciousness. That's why it's hard to stop eating them.
Yep. That's the culprit!
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They contain deliciousness. That's why it's hard to stop eating them.

I just try not to buy them.
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I think this is why they are NOT included in the induction foods... not that there is anything inherently less nutritious about them, but that they are DANGEROUS.

it's important to know whether you can handle them and act accordingly. I find some nuts worse than others that way.
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I love nuts as well. Especially brazil nuts & macadamias. I like eating walnuts occasionally for all the health benefits but honestly, I can't control myself either. They are way too dangerous and an ounce is soooo little! My new indulgence is unsweetened organic coconut chips. They're like shredded coconut only bigger slivers. They are also high in calories 50 cal per 9 grams, but since being back on LC & needing a lot of fat, these are perfect. I had 9 servings yesterday (450 of my 1778 calories came from them)! But they have 2 carbs per serving & 2 grams of fiber per serving so I don't worry about it. They make a great snack on the go or while watching t.v.
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It's important to know whether you can handle them and act accordingly. I find some nuts worse than others that way.
I agree. Cashews and macadamia nuts are very difficult for me. Almonds, pecans, and walnuts are easier for me to control.
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Pecans are hard for me to control. I love them. Almonds are eh. And not really worth eating carb wise for me.
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I think it's the crunch factor for me...it's like I crave the crunch...then add salty deliciousness and I too have trouble stopping.
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I also find the unsalted natural nuts in the baking section of the grocery store are better for me. I get a smaller bag and the fact that they aren't roasted or salted helps me eat less too.

Roasted, salted cashews are REALLY big trouble for me.
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NUTS are very DANGEROUS. They make me binge. I think walnuts are the only ones I can eat with control. Maybe because they are slightly bitter. However I can't control myself if I soak the walnuts overnight in salted water, as they become so soft and not bitter at all
Macadamia nuts are my weakness for sure.
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NUTS are very DANGEROUS. They make me binge. I think walnuts are the only ones I can eat with control. Maybe because they are slightly bitter. However I can't control myself if I soak the walnuts overnight in salted water, as they become so soft and not bitter at all
Macadamia nuts are my weakness for sure.
Nuts are my downfall as well; there is no such thing as "just a handful" for me. I have to eliminate them totally - they have been the cause of much of my bingeing in the past (and a potato hack - never again). I do agree there is something about the crunch and saltiness that just drives me ...well...nuts. I did read somewhere it was from primitive times when we ate insects (think of that when you reach for the nuts).

Anyway there could be an issue with nuts as per your question, they contain high levels of phytic acid and are also high in Omega 6. Some people say our current day diets have too much Omega 6 already and we need to balance it out with omega 3. Brazil nuts contain high levels of selenium as well. You can google all those substances and see maybe if any of them could be some kind of trigger - maybe the phytic acid?
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I limit myself by buying the 100 calorie snack packs of natural almonds. They make a fantastic snack and the emergency pack I keep in my purse has saved me a few times from a bad decision when I am out shopping or at the movies.
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Whenever I buy the small snack packs I just open lots of packs.
Never works for me. (Sort of like when I used to tell myself that I could buy mini bottles on wine.)
Right now about the only thing I can do is buy 1 oz of nuts out of the bulk bin, and stir it into yogurt.
I tried some yummy fatbombs made with almond butter . . . guess what happened?
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Try to figure out the carbs in various nuts and you'll find all kinds of different measurements---whether it's dry roasted with just salt or not, whole or halves or chopped etc. It's pretty hard to get a definitive answer no matter the nut you're trying to figure for.

For instance, I LOVE pistachios, and it's hard to determine what you're eating if you buy the pistachios in shells. Who knows how many pistachios in shells equals a half cup of nut meats?

What is clear is that there are higher carb and lower carb nuts, and the differences are significant. For instance, pecans are significantly lower than pistachios. Cashews seem to be amongst the highest carb and Walnuts amongst the lowest.

Which all makes sense. Don't know many people who go overboard with walnuts. Pistachios and Cashews can be a problem. Like popcorn is a problem. It's just too easy to lose track of how many you've actually eaten.

I like to use nuts in recipes where the per serving amt is more controlled. Other than that, I try to stick to a couple of handfuls. I've had to learn that if I want a variety of foods in my diet, and I do, I'm going to have to learn to moderate.

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I wonder about black walnuts. They have an intense flavor. I can't imagine eating them by the handful. I remember as a child having homemade black walnut ice cream.
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I am fine with macadamias as I get them in 5 kg(11lb) bags from my mums trees.They have iron hard shells,you need specialist nutcrackers to get at them.If I spend 200 calories to access 200 calories worth of nuts I'm not too worried
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I wonder about black walnuts. They have an intense flavor. I can't imagine eating them by the handful. I remember as a child having homemade black walnut ice cream.
Yep, like I said, not too many walnut bingers. But here's a little trick I've learned. Sautee your walnuts in butter and the sweetner of your choice. You'll learn the amt of time to do so by practice, but do watch them as they go from fabulous to burnt in no time at all. You can do them whole, or chop them. If you do them whole, they're a great snack. If you chop them, they're fantastic on salads.
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I stay far away from cashews and pistachios, but I keep a container of raw almonds in my car for emergencies. I don't love almonds, so it's easy for me not to overeat them. That emergency stash has saved me many times when I have forgotten to pack something to eat.
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I can use tahini in moderation, although it's a seed not a nut.
It's good to spread on flax crackers, very filling.
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Hummm..I guess I'm the exception to the nut rule. . I have all different kinds of nuts and I eat them on occasion with no problems. Would I like to have more than one serving? You bet, but jut thinking about the calories in them makes me stick with a small portion. I recently bought a scale and started weighing them out. 28grams is a smaller portion than 1/4cup, which is how I used to measure them. If I'm feeling rebellious, I use the 1/4cup.
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Hummm..I guess I'm the exception to the nut rule. . I have all different kinds of nuts and I eat them on occasion with no problems. Would I like to have more than one serving? You bet, but jut thinking about the calories in them makes me stick with a small portion. I recently bought a scale and started weighing them out. 28grams is a smaller portion than 1/4cup, which is how I used to measure them. If I'm feeling rebellious, I use the 1/4cup.
That's how I am pretty much. I love them and eat them on occasion and find that I can control myself just fine without going overboard... but I would definitely LOVE to have more than one portion. I just know that I can't, and for some reason that's enough for me. Now CARBY foods on the other hand, I never used to be able to control myself on
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I recently bought a scale and started weighing them out. 28grams is a smaller portion than 1/4cup, which is how I used to measure them. If I'm feeling rebellious, I use the 1/4cup.
I always measure out my 28 grams of almonds and put them away before I put one in my mouth. Usually I go get comfortable on the couch first. I'm usually not so tempted that I want to get back up.
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Salt, fat, crunch, yummy...easy hand to mouth action.... pretty much all the characteristics of things like potato chips or other snack foods, except nuts have less carbs. I can easily see why the brain would be just as happy to binge eat on nuts.
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I have binged on walnuts! I just looked up nuts on wikipedia and there are considered a fruit and they do contain fructose. Maybe keeping nuts around that have shells on them might be the answer. Pretty hard to binge on them when you have to crack them open!
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We think of nuts as "low carb" but the truth is that many of them contain significant quantities of carbs. Then there is the "deliciousness" content that together makes them deadly. I can't handle just a few
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How many of you just had some nuts because of reading this thread?
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When I was a kid, I used to crack open walnuts I found on the ground and eat the nuts right out of the shell But I haven't had walnuts in a long time.

I keep macadamia and almonds around. Last night I bought some hazelnuts just to try. (have my heart set on making a LC version of Nutella) Surprisingly, nuts don't seem to trigger a binge with me.

Pork cracklins on the other hand....
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